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Encyclopaedia Britannica FilmsTuberculosis (Third Edition) (1955)

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Causes of treatment of tubercular infection, and tuberculosis as a social phenomenon.

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Producer: Encyclopaedia Britannica Films
Sponsor: N/A
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Medicine: Tuberculosis; Health and hygiene

Creative Commons license: Public Domain

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Reviewer: JayKay49 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - January 31, 2012
Subject: Still a Scourge in the 50's
Isoniazid wasnt invented yet so what else could ya do but condition people to expedite natural immune function to fight the infection.

In the late 40's, my brother had an attack of pleurisy at about age 10 and the doc came over and "drew the pus out of his chest right in his bed." 12 years later he was found to have had disseminated TB through an ophthalologic exam and chest xray...and dodged the service. Who'd a thunk. Never mind that in that same period of time that he had pleurisy, grampa died in a sanitorium of TB.

Isoniazid and streptomycin and other drugs that followed have nearly completely arrested the death toll from TB which was incredible up to the late 50's.

This is a boring (low camp) film that nonetheless shows quite well what TB is all about. The TB film they showed us in school was more melodramatic..the one image I remember FOREVER! was the coughing guy walking down the street and he spits bloody mucous on the sidewalk. Ever since then I've always examined sidewalks in busy busines districts for bloody spit.
Reviewer: MaxHeadspace - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - July 9, 2006
Subject: Cure TB, Cause Cancer...
Filmed in the classic public service style of the 40's, 50's and early 60's. Didn't have much of the cheesy, melodramatic acting common in this kind of film, which is unfortunate because that is always good for chuckles. Interesting to note the casual use of X-Ray machines at that time, even in mobile vans. And so people mistakenly believe that all the lung cancer popping up in the last several decades was due to smoking!
Reviewer: Spuzz - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - August 13, 2005
Subject: Your child is sick, sheÃÂs suffering from bad acting.
Very good overview about TB shown here. The medical explanations were very informative, but the fun factor of this film doesnÃÂt start until youngish girl catches TB from her suffering Aunt,. Who sneezes on her, and in a case of bravara acting, the kid doesnÃÂt flinch! SheÃÂs soon cooped up in a TB joint where nurses hand you tissues to cough in. After youÃÂre done with them, make sure you throw them away so the nurses can burn them later! The girl is still acting like TB is the most boring thing you can get, and the last image we see her as she sits away, eating her food, as we happily exit.. la de da de da..
Reviewer: scrounge - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 1, 2005
Subject: Contagious aunt dooms another child.
This is an educational type film about, yep, you guessed it, TB. The main character in the film, Mary (Smith), is shown getting a TB test in school. 2 days later, the results of her test are negative. Soon after, her highly infected aunt comes to live with Mary. She is shown sitting next to Mary on the loveseat, and then procedes to sneeze and cough all over Mary. The film then chronicles briefly the course of Mary's treatment to her new found illness. The narrator describes one of the reasons for spreading TB as being ignorance. The narrotor gives a couple examples, and they show pictures of a woman shaking out a rug, and someone sweeping a sidewalk. A cool effect in the film was when they showed a microscopic film of the virus in action. It displayed interesting footage of some microorganisms eating other bacteria.


Asking the question why so many people still get tuberculosis, the narrator answers in part, "Industrialization has spread faster than industrial health programs," some of the causes of infection are attributed to occupations, some to poverty and ignorance.

Many excellent shots of different kinds of x-ray equipment in hospital and community settings.

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